Most small businesses are scared inflation will ruin them
20 April 2022 | 5:02 am
61% of small business owners in the US say that the current state of the economy is making it difficult for them to stay open. This is according to a survey of over 500 small business owners commissioned by Clarify Capital.
The last time prices rose faster was for West Germany in 1981. More than any other factor, increasing energy prices, exacerbated by Russia's invasion of Ukraine, are fueling inflation.
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Inflation is at its highest level in decades in many parts of the world. In the US, consumer prices were 8.3 percent higher in April than a year earlier. In the eurozone, they rose by around 7.5 percent. Energy prices have been driving the surge, with Russia's war in Ukraine further fuelling the trend. But higher inflation tends to have a bigger impact on low-income households. Xavier Jaravel from the London School of Economics discusses this and more with FRANCE 24's Kate Moody.
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